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Open call for applications from artists living and working in Iran: Residency opportunity in London

Source: Delfina Foundationin

For a Delfina Residency In partnership with Magic of Persia and in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum

The Delfina Foundation (DELFINA) is announcing a new residency opportunity in London as part of its ongoing partnership with Magic of Persia (MOP).

Previously, DELFINA and MOP have joined forces to offer opportunities for artists associated with the Magic of Persia Contemporary Art Prize (MOP CAP). Next year, in addition to providing residencies for a few select MOP CAP artists, DELFINA and MOP are creating an opportunity for Iranian artists to apply directly to DELFINA through an open call process.

This residency offers a career-defining opportunity for an emerging to mid-career Iranian artist, aged 25 or over, to undertake an 8-week residency in London in February/March 2012 (dates to be confirmed upon selection). In a unique collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), the successful applicant will be given the opportunity to create a new work, to be showcased as part of the V&A’s ‘Friday Late’ night event coinciding with Nowrūz (Persian New Year) on the 30 March 2012.

The ideal candidate will have a performance or site-specific, installation-based practice that could respond to the V&A’s extraordinary architecture or extensive collections. Although not a requirement, there may be opportunities for collaborative work with other artists and audiences.

The selected artist will be provided with:

  • Accommodation and a studio space;
  • An enabling bursary to cover the basic costs of living;
  • Professional support and curatorial assistance from DELFINA and the V&A;
  • A materials budget for the commission;
  • Opportunities to discuss and share his/her work; and
  • Bespoke opportunities for professional development.

The successful applicant will be able to:

  • Demonstrate ability to engage with critical discourses around contemporary artistic practices;
  • Be available during the residency dates, as these will be fixed;
  • Develop ideas in the lead-up to the residency with DELFINA and the V&A (via email and Skype);
  • Communicate in English proficiently; and
  • Explain how the experience of an international residency may benefit their practice and career development.


To apply, please read the guidelines submit your application form and additional material by email, to:, in the subject line of your email, please specify DELFINA-MOP residency.

Closing date for applications: 5pm, 25th July 2011.

About Delfina Foundation (DELFINA)
Based in London, DELFINA explores innovative models of cross-cultural dialogue via a programme of international artist residencies, public events and projects. We provide space to expand artistic practice, develop new ideas, and discuss current thinking about the arts and civic society.

DELFINA is an independent, non-political arts organisation with charitable status and provides opportunities for the next generation of international artists through two interlocking activities:
  • a residency programme which seeks to facilitate opportunities for artists, curators and thinkers to further the practice and philosophy of their work, and
  • a public programme of events that invite artists and arts professionals to engage, co-host, and collaborate through exhibitions, talks, and commissions.
We work with emerging and established artists who live and work in the greater Middle East and North Africa. Our international residency program is designed to accompany participating artists at various stages of their career and professional development.

About Magic of Persia (MOP)
Magic of Persia (MOP), a non-profit, non-political charity registered in the UK, educates young people on the value and unique contribution of Persian culture to society. MOP achieves its mission through the development and promotion of education and communication programmes, in partnership with world-class institutions. The programmes are designed to foster cultural enrichment, which will improve global understanding and harmony across religious and cultural divides. All these are especially relevant today when it has never been more important to learn, empower, communicate and respect achievements and history across cultures.

About the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)
The V&A is the world’s greatest museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. The Jameel Gallery houses treasures from the V&A’s collection of more than 10,000 Islamic objects made in the Middle East, one of the most extensive and renowned in the world. Highlights include the Iranian-made Ardabil carpet, the world’s oldest dated carpet, and one of the largest, most beautiful and historically important in the world.

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